Good for Montana

The oil and natural gas industry supports 43,000 Montana jobs, contributes $2 billion to the state’s labor income, and adds $4.5 billion to the state's economy.

Nationally, the industry supports 10.3 million jobs, contributes $1.3 trillion in added value to the economy, and contributes about $70 millio per day to the federal goveernement in taxes, rents and royalties. 

The average salary for a non-gas station oil and gas industry job in Montana is $86,143, more than double the state’s average salary of $37,862.  

Montana produces about 1 in every 100 barrels of U.S. oil.  Production is concentrated in the northeastern part of the state near the North Dakota border.  Montana oil production, however, has declined recently as drilling activity moved to North Dakota where the productive Bakken Shale formation is thicker.

New production in the region has been constrained by the lack of pipeline takeaway capacity. A number of new pipeline projects are in development, primarily to transport crude oil to major refining centers in the Midwest, in Oklahoma, and on the Gulf Coast.

The state is crossed by natural gas pipelines from Canada and Wyoming.  In 2016, about one-fifth of U.S. natural gas imports from Canada entered the United States through Montana.  About 90% of the natural gas that enters Montana leaves the state, most of it continuing on to North Dakota on its way to Midwestern markets.

More than half of Montana households use natural gas as their primary energy source for home heating.

Fully and safely tapping our Montana resources would provide us with the opportunity to generate new jobs and new tax revenue for our state, as well as help lead the charge to America's energy security.